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Directed byJacques Jaccard
Henry MacRae
Written byJacques Jaccard
W.B. Pearson
Produced byJacques Jaccard
StarringMarie Walcamp
Jack Holt
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Co.
Release date
  • August 14, 1916 (1916-08-14)
Running time
20 episodes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles
Box officeover $2 million[1]
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Liberty (also known as Liberty, A Daughter of the USA) is a 1916 American Western film serial directed by Jacques Jaccard and Henry MacRae, and was the first purely Western serial ever made. The film is now presumed to be lost.[2] It is one of the most popular serials of all time.[1]


Liberty Horton, an American heiress, is kidnapped by a Mexican rebel and ransomed to fund his rebellion.



Liberty, a Daughter of the USA was the first purely Western serial, although Western elements were included in earlier serials such as The Perils of Pauline (1914).[3] A print of Liberty was one of the primary footage sources used for the compilation film The Revenge of Pancho Villa (1930–36).[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Wood, Thomas (December 2, 1946). "The Sad State of the Serial". New York Times. p. 51.
  2. ^ "Liberty, A Daughter of the U.S.A." Silent Era: Progressive Silent Film List. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  3. ^ Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "12. The Westerns "Who Was That Masked Man!"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 317. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  4. ^ Rocha, George C. (December 2002). "La venganza de Pancho Villa (The Vengeance of Pancho Villa): A lost and found border film" (PDF). Journal of Film Preservation. Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (65): 24–29. ISSN 1609-2694. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2014.